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Today is officially the first day of spring, so a simple temple-sakura shot for that occasion. I don't remember exactly the name of this structure, it is reached by cable car from Shimoda, nice place for a stroll though nothing spectacular. Another view in WS. Shimoda is near the tip of Izu peninsula, near Tokyo, with Mediterranean style seaside resorts on the west side, and a more unspoilt east coast with nice views of Fuji on a rare clear day. Some info from Japan national tourist office (JNTO) website:

Shimoda is situated in the southeastern part of the Izu-hanto Peninsula and is the core of Minami Izu. It is known as the city of the port that the American Fleet called Kurofune, the Black Ship, entered in the 19th century. They demanded trade with Japan, which at that time was under a national isolation policy that cut off any and all exchange with foreign countries. In the city is Ryosen-ji Temple, at which the then US Naval Officer Perry and Daigaku Hayashi, ambassador plenipotentiary, concluded the Japan-US Friendship Treaty, and a sketch of the signing ceremony remains at the Temple.

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